My French Odyssey

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My French Odyssey
My name is Monica Jones. I am a New Yorker living in France. A little over a year ago, I packed up my things and moved myself, my cats and my horse across the ocean. My French Odyssey is the story of that journey.
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  • The French Connection 1 day ago One of the members of the Tennis Club De Chartres (TCC), Dominique (No, a different one), worked at the Mayor’s office (Mairie).  Not long after we first met, Dominique asked me if I would mind being interviewed for their magazine, Votre Ville. (I can’t speak to whether this is the norm in...
  • The Illusive Carte Grise 1 week ago I was a bit of a novelty here. Giggly, unassuming, often loud and always smiling, I think in many ways people weren’t quite certain what to make of me. Given the fact that the French tend to be very somber and morose, (complaining is the national pastime) I was very unorthodox. With Jayne, it...
  • Tennis Club De Chartres 4 weeks ago I didn’t learn to play tennis until I was grown. I wanted to find something that would function as exercise without my needing to go to the gym. (I remain solidly in the anti-gym camp.) Since I was prone to walking into random objects and tripping over air, I wasn’t certain I could pull it...
  • Le Réveillon 1 month ago When I look back on my life, whether in a year or twenty, I suspect that the sheer insanity of how certain events unfolded will continue to amaze me.  Sometimes the smallest decision can impact your life in such a profound way as to beg the question of a higher power or at the very least the...
  • Handel's Messiah: Christmas in Versailles 1 month ago Now that Bandit was settled in and The Hybrid was officially/unofficially on the road, it was time to set my sights elsewhere.  Christmas was right around the corner but aside from Dominique, I still didn’t know anyone in Chartres.  For me, the holidays never held any great sway.  It was...

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